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Microsoft Appeals South Korean Anti-trust Decision

U.S. software giant Microsoft is appealing a ruling by South Korea's anti-trust watchdog ordering the company to separate popular software from its Windows operating system.

Microsoft filed the appeal as a lawsuit in Seoul's High Court Monday.

In December, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission ruled that the U.S. company had abused its market dominance and violated fair trade rules by bundling software tools in Windows.

The anti-trust body ordered Microsoft to provide two separate versions of Windows in South Korea - one that is stripped of its media player and messaging services and another one with links to Web pages of rival software providers.

The commission also ordered Microsoft to pay a fine of more than $33 million.

Microsoft says it believes it is in compliance with South Korean laws.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.